Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Draft, nitro. Deep brown, reddish glints. Really dense off-white head, sort of like the foam on espresso. Vinous/roasty aroma. Malt, roast, and some fruitiness on the flavor. Hops really way in the background, manifest only as a very slight grassiness. There is practically no bitterness apparent. I like Silktork's comments about this being reminiscent of a mild; while I haven't had many examples of that style it does seem similar. sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 30, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2006 (Nitro can, 4.0% ABV) Clear, dark cola color with a tight, lacy and creamy, tanned nitro head. Roasted-malty aroma with milk chocolate and coffee. Roasted-malty, dryish and slightly ashy flavor with coffee hints. Medium-bodied, creamy and (obviously) smooth-carbonated palate. Not much flavor here, but very easy to drink, and enjoyable as such. I prefer this to Guinness, though.
(4.0% ABV, Draughtflow can) Black color, nice, big and tight, tanned, lasting (lasts longer than the beer :) head. Roasted-caramel-malty coffee aroma. Very malty, slightly smoked, tar flavored. Smooth, dry, full-bodied and creamy palate. A very nice and easily drinkable stout. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2004 This has become my favourite mass produced Irish Dry Stout, not because of an increase in quality, but more because it has maintained a decent standard while others have fallen. Thinner and sweeter than Guinness and a little easier to drink - I had this on tap in Cork last year on holiday and it was very nice. SilkTork (5737) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2004 On tap in a pub. Very smooth. Initially not much flavour comes through because it's served way too cold. When warmed a pleasant raspberry and yeast aroma arises pleasantly, reminiscent of a decent Mild. Some soft stout like flavours come through, though perhaps more Mild than Stout - and certainly not a dry stout. Very pleasant as a mild, with the familiar raspberry flavours - but a bit laid back as a stout. [3.1] SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Can: Head to Head with Guinness Draught. The head has a milky coffee colour - slightly darker than the Guinness, otherwise they look the same. The nitro in both products gives them initially a similar smooth mouthfeel, though the Murphy's does feel "wetter". Gentle coffee flavours - quite pleasant, like a decent quality instant. A dry roast finish with less bitterness than the Guinness. Murphy's is a decent enough dark beer - it's more gentle, more coffee-accented and softer, less bitter finishing than the Guinness. When all the nitro nonsense has burned off, and the beers have warmed up so they can be tasted, I find both to be quite enjoyable. The Guinness has a greater range of flavours and experiences, and could be said to be the more complex and interesting, but I found the Murphy's to be slightly more palatable on a personal level. [3.1]
Very similar to Guinness, the commercial description is on; not as bitter and a smoother head. Slightly metallic. I'm still waiting to have a great dry stout and this isn't it...drinkable.
Garrat (1347) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2004
A poor tasting stout,very run of the mill,not much flavour of anything.There are so many better ones out there. ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2004
Pours black opaque with a medium tan head (on tap at Winston Churchill's). Minimal aroma due to cigarette smoke. Thin mouthfeel (compared to the St. Ambroise). Kind of tastes like someone punched me in the mouth and I am swallowing blood. So, maybe a little metallic would be another way to describe it. Minimal flavor compared to the other stout I drank today. brownaler (660) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Not much of a flavor at all with this beer. You're better off having a Guinness or Beamish. Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2004
Can, at the Heathrow Airport, United RCL, London.DYCSoccer17 (3696) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Black with a larger beige head. Takes a while to settled nicely. This instance was a bit thin I thought. Bitter dry stout with plenty of burnt malt derivatives. I’ll be in Kerry, Ireland in a couple of weeks so hopefully there’ll be some improved draught versions to be had.
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2011 On Tap- Pours opaque black with a light brown head. Aroma is typical. tastes identical to Guinness. Next please...(3/5/3/4/9)********RE-RATE******* ounce can purchased at Nugget in Woodland, CA. The aroma has a nice underlying roasty, mildly cocoa presence. Light herbal hops are also surprisingly present. Nice enough. Opaque black-ish body with a creamy, nitro mocha-colored head and great lacing. Starts a little sweet, before this becomes a bit thin and watery in the middle. Some metallic hints come through, which is then followed by a burnt roastiness. Lightly charred. It’s decent enough stuff, but a little thin on the palate. Granted, it’s a session beer.